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Navy and Marine Corps Medical News
October 20, 2000
Navy and Marine Corps Medical News (MEDNEWS) is a weekly
compendium of news and information contributed by commands
throughout the Navy medical department . Information contained in
MEDNEWS stories is not necessarily endorsed by Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) , nor should it be considered
official Navy policy.
BUMED distributes MEDNEWS to Sailors and Marines, their
families, civilian employees and retired Navy and Marine Corps
families. Further distribution is highly encouraged.
Stories in MEDNEWS use these abbreviations after a Navy
medical professional 's name to show affiliation: MC — Medical
Corps (physician) ; DC - Dental Corps; NC - Nurse Corps; MSC -
Medical Service Corps (clinicians , researchers and
administrative managers) . Hospital Corpsmen (HM) and Dental
Technician (DT) designators are placed in front of their names.
Contents for this week's MEDNEWS:
— Naval Hospital's staff a "force" to be reckoned with
— WIC health program expands overseas next year
— NH Portsmouth offers encouragement to breastfeeding Mom's
— NH Cherry Point Sailor recognized by Craven County
— Video prompts excitement of strategic plan
— TRICARE question and answer
— Healthwatch: Safety tips for trick— or— treaters
Headline : Naval hospital ' s staff a "force" to be reckoned with
By Judith Robertson, Naval Hospital Bremerton
BREMERTON, Wa . - Naval Hospital Bremerton' s "Total Force" will
be recognized for excellence at a change of command ceremony
that will see outgoing Commanding Officer Capt . Gregg Parker,
MC, turn over leadership to Capt. Christine Hunter, MC, Oct. 20.
During the ceremony, which will feature the Navy Surgeon General,
Vice Admiral Richard A. Nelson, MC, as guest speaker, the
hospital will be presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
This award recognizes the successes of the officers, enlisted
personnel, reservists, and civilian employees for the period
from Dec. 1, 1996 through Dec. 30, 1999.
"This award recognizes the accomplishment of the whole
crew. Each member of the staff contributed to this achievement
with hard work and dedication, " said hospital Executive Officer
Capt. Dan Snyder.
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is the first award to be
presented to the hospital since WWII.
In part, the citation commends Naval Hospital Bremerton for
consistently demonstrating "unparalleled success in providing
timely, respectful, and compassionate care to the Navy Sailors
and their families in Navy Region Northwest . While doing so, the
command also excelled in meeting its readiness mission. The
obvious desire to excel in meeting the needs of the Fleet, Fleet
Marine Force and their families was reflected in the actions of
the Total Force assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton and Fleet
Hospital Five. "
Headline: WIC health program expands overseas next year
By Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON - A government-sponsored supplemental food and
health education program available to stateside military
families will soon become available to families overseas as
The Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants
and Children, commonly known as WIC, will begin overseas in
early 2001, said Roger W. Hartman, a TRICARE health policy
"We have folks in the military stateside who are using WIC,
but then get orders for overseas duty and lose the benefit .
That 's like taking a cut in pay, " he said.
"Congress directed us to make WIC as available to personnel
overseas as it is to those in the United States, " he said.
"We're talking fundamentally about pay and money and making
supplemental foods available to people where they are not
available now — and improving the overall health, diet and
nutrition of the family members in the process . "
The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 authorized WIC. Benefits
have been available to military families stationed in the United
States and its territories since about 1972, Hartman said. A
recent amendment to U.S. Code Title 10 allows DoD to extend the
The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the WIC
program in the United States. The program focuses on low— income,
pregnant women, new mothers, infants and toddlers, he said.
Participants receive vouchers at no charge that can be redeemed
for specific food products prescribed by health care
professionals . The program also offers nutritional education and
health counseling services .
"WIC participants overseas will need to have access to
military medical facilities to obtain nutritional screenings and
eligibility determinations. They will also need access to a food
supply, which overseas will be our military commissaries and
Navy exchange markets, " Hartman said. While stateside WIC
beneficiaries can use food vouchers in any store that will
accept them, DoD has no plans to arrange for voucher use in
foreign grocery stores, he added.
TRICARE, medical and Defense Commissary Agency officials
will co-manage the overseas WIC program, Hartman said. TRICARE
is only a co-manager — the WIC overseas program is not a new
TRICARE benefit, he stressed.
Program benefits will be available to U.S. service members,
DoD civilian employees, DoD contractors, and their family
Pentagon officials estimate up to 40, 000 persons overseas
may be eligible to use WIC. Hartman said the program will be
implemented in phases:
Phase 1 : WIC begins early next year at Yokosuka, Japan
(Navy) ; Okinawa, Japan (Marine Corps and Air Force) ; Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba (Navy) ; RAF Lakenheath, England (Air Force) ; and
Baumholder, Germany (Army) .
Phase 2: WIC should be in place by mid-2001 at all
remaining overseas sites served by military medical treatment
facilities and commissaries and Navy exchange markets . WIC will
be offered at remote overseas locations contingent on suitable
medical facilities and commissaries and Navy exchange markets.
For details on the WIC program, eligibility rules, income
tables and more, visit the Department of Agriculture at
www. fns . usda . gov/wic .
Headline: NH Pensacola offers encouragement to breastfeeding
Mom ' s
From Naval Hospital Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Whether they're civilians, military or
other members of the Department of Defense family, breastfeeding
mothers provide sources of nutrition, nourishment and protection
for their babies.
In a positive and encouraging step to assist breastfeeding
mother's. Naval Hospital Pensacola has established a Lactation
Lounge for mothers working or visiting the medical facility .
The lounge is private, yet has a comfortable, home-like
atmosphere complete with rocking chair. It is also available for
mothers to pump or express milk for when baby and mom aren't
According to Frankie Mims, the hospital 's lactation
consultant, breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for
babies, and it is known to be the first line of immunization to
protect against a host of childhood diseases such as ear
infections. Diabetes Type 1, allergies, meningitis and lymphoma.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding
for the first year of life.
Research has also proven that breastfeeding improves the
health of the mother by reducing the risk of serious medical
conditions such as osteoporosis, ovarian and premenopausal
breast cancer .
Historically, the International Labor Organization helped
set the standards for mothers ' rights in the workplace by
providing nursing breaks throughout the workday.
This year, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced
legislation on the Breastfeeding Promotion and Employers ' Tax
Incentive Act (HR 3372), which provides tax— free credit for
employers who set up lactation rooms and/or provides equipment
for workers. Recent legislation also allows for breastfeeding on
all federal properties.
"Employers benefit by creating breastfeeding facilities
because healthier infants mean fewer parental absences and lower
health care costs, " said Mims .
Headline: NH Cherry Point Sailor recognized by Craven County
By Sgt . Michael Freeman, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
CHERRY POINT, NC - A Naval Hospital Cherry Point Sailor was
recently presented with the Distinguished Women of Craven County
Award in a ceremony sponsored by the Craven County Council on
HM3 Gladys D. Jenne was presented the award during a
luncheon honoring women who serve the community in one of six
different award categories: Arts, Business/Professional,
Education, Government, Physical Fitness/Recreation, and
Vol unteeri sm .
Jenne said she feels she won the award based largely on her
extensive volunteer work. Jenne burns the proverbial candle at
both ends by getting involved with numerous charitable programs,
including Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Big
Brothers/Big Sisters of Havelock, the New Bern Cystic Fibrosis
Telethon, Toys for Tots and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
She said a supportive workplace and a supportive husband
have made balancing her volunteer work with job— related
responsibilities possible .
"A lot of people say they don 't have time for things like
that, " said the mother-of—two. "But if they really want to do
it, they'll make time."
Jenne, who was also named as the hospital 's Junior Sailor
of the Quarter earlier this year, said much of her volunteer
work is accomplished by sacrificing just a few minutes of her
lunch break or time after work.
Her husband, Richard, is the hospital 's current Blue Jacket
of the Year and donates his time and energy to all the same
causes, right down to serving as the vice president of the local
chapter of the Junior Enlisted Association, a Navy-wide
organization for enlisted service members E-5 and below. His
wife, of course, is the president .
"Volunteer work is something we decided to do together. I
strongly encourage other service members, especially junior
enlisted to do the same, " said Jenne.
"It can make a big difference in fitness reports and
advancement when you 're out there helping the community, " said
Not surprisingly, the Distinguished Women of Craven County
Award is not the last opportunity for Jenne to be recognized
individually or as part of a team. She is a nominee for the
Junior Sailor of the Year, and she and her husband have been
nominated as the military family of the quarter.
Awards and recognition aside, Jenne said there is really
just one way to explain her involvement in so many different
programs. "It 's just my way of trying to help. "
Headline : Video prompts excitement of strategic plan
By Ltjg. Alex G. Montgomery, Naval Hospital Beaufort
BEAUFORT, SC — Command strategic plan presentations rarely
garner applause and laughter. But, then again, most
presentations don't look like the one unveiled recently at Naval
Hospital Beaufort .
During a briefing in the hospital 's auditorium, the
Executive Steering Board (ESB) presented a 15-minute video
production of the hospital's strategic plan. The film featured
staff and patients reciting the command's mission, vision,
guiding principles, goals and objectives .
Naval Hospital Bremerton's Commanding Officer, Capt . Gary
W. Zuckerman, MSC, called the presentation "absolutely top
notch" and said it was "designed to capture the attention of the
The video, along with a tri-fold brochure and a number of
other initiatives, were part of the ESB' s effort to clearly
communicate what a strategic plan is, and how it directly
relates to all hands. The video will also be incorporated into
the hospital ' s monthly command orientation program.
"What makes the video so impressive, and effective, " said
Lt . Cmdr. Dale Fuller, MSC, "It's not only the high quality of
the production, but also the entertainment aspect of it."
"This video is about our staff and patients teaching the
rest of us the strategic plan. A lot of hard work goes into the
development of the plan and this time a boring PowerPoint
presentation wouldn't do."
The video, which is laced with short music cuts from
popular artists, includes high quality graphics and well-
choreographed video sequences — some with a humorous touch.
The result was an audience that remained attentive and
interested throughout the film.
Fuller, who serves as the command's Chief Information
Officer and Director for Administration, said the idea of a
strategic plan video has finally become a reality.
"It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years
now, " he said.
If you would like a copy of this video for use in your own
strategic or annual plan presentation, please contact NHB Public
Affairs Officer, Ltjg Alex Montgomery, at 843-228-5433, DSN 335-
5433, or via email at email@example.com.
Headline: TRICARE question and answer
Question: What medications are available through the
National Mail Order Pharmacy?
Answer: The NMOP is for prescriptions that you take on a
regular basis, such as medication to reduce blood pressure or
treat asthma, diabetes, or any long-term health condition. It is
not intended to be used for acute medications like antibiotics .
Headline: Healthwatch: Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
From Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
WASHINGTON - As Halloween approaches, parents and
caregivers should be aware that just like trick-or-treaters,
Halloween's hazards to children also come in disguise.
Here are several tips to make trick— or— treating a fun
— Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has
examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.
— When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look
for the label 'flame resistant ' . Although this label does not
mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items
will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
— To minimize the risk of contact with candles and other
fire sources, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and
outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. - Purchase
or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to
- For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate
or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam
of a car's headlights . Bags or sacks should also be light
colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is
usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods
- Children should carry flashlights to see and easily be
- Costumes should be short enough so that children won 't
trip and fall. Children should wear well- fitting, sturdy shoes.
Mother's high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
- Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from
slipping over children's eyes. If your child wears a mask, make
sure it fits securely and has eye holes large enough to allow
full vision .
— Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be
made of soft, flexible material.
Following these safety tips can help ensure a happy and
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